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Muse on Booze

Welcome to our blog where we …errr, have a muse on booze.

Sammy and Jymi are just a couple of dudes who love the odd drink and also love to rate stuff, as we all do hey? So why not combine the two.

We review a beer every week and post it each weekend. So keep those eyes peeled now won’t you. As time ticks on we’ll be doing a few other booze related bits and bobs too, so again. EYES. PEELED!

See soon..

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CH’TI

BREWER: Castelain, Hauts-de-France, France

STYLE: Biere Blonde

ABV: 6.4%

VESSEL: 33cl brown glass bottle

TWITTER: @Biere_CASTELAIN

INSTAGRAM: brasseriecastelain

DATE POSTED: 27th March 2020

 

JYMI SAY’S…

Pretty ugly looking little brute this isn’t it?!

Can you imagine… you’re laying there in your deck chair enjoying the mid afternoon French sun when the thought crosses your mind. “I fancy a bloomin beer I do”. So you mop your brow and reach for one of those little bell things that rich folk have in the movies. You ring said bell and Bruno your trusty butler appears from nowhere to tend to your need. “What can I get you sir”? “Can I please have an ice cold beer my good man”. “Of course sir”. Bruno then whizzes inside with alarming pace to fetch your request. Upon his return the mood turns rather sour. It’s not Bruno’s fault, he didn’t design this thing. Bruno can see the disappointed look on your face and you spend the next 2 hours explaining to him that although the look of a beer bottle doesn’t effect the taste of the beer it certainly goes a long way towards a beer being appealing or not. Eventually you get to the moment where you crack this gloomy looking mess open only to discover that sunshine does lay inside.

Ch’ti, as is to be expected from a French blonde, is light, crisp and smooth with a touch of sweetness knocking around. It is about as classic as it gets really when it comes to this style of beer. And it is certainly good. But it is not great. It does the job. However there are superior brews out there in this style that are simply doing a better one.

Jymi’s Rating: 67%

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

I’m going to get it out there straight away: as an English speaking person, this is a pretty awful name for a beer. I mean, I’m sure in it’s native France, it’s pronounced in a perfectly acceptable way. But here, you can’t escape the giggles that follow as soon as the name of this beer is uttered: Chti…

As a product, it’s very acceptable. It’s quite light, it’s easy to drink and it has a pleasant sweetness about it. Chti (still giggling) is what you’d expect from a French beer.

However, for me, it doesn’t do too much to impress. It’s got no, how do you say it? Ah yes, je ne sais quoi.

Would I have one again? Most definitely.

Would it be top of my list? Most definitely not.

Are there better beers out there? Yes.

Are there better French beers out there? Yes.

Sammy’s Rating: 74%

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 70.5%

 

MOB review next weekend: PUPA by VIBRANT FOREST

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URBAN

BREWER: Jubel Beer, South London

STYLE: Flavoured Lager

ABV: 4%

VESSEL: 330ml bottle

TWITTER: TOO COOL TO TWEET

INSTAGRAM: jubelbeer

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

Urban suggests something cool, on trend, hip even. Yet this Urban is cut with elderflower. And let’s be honest, that’s not very urban at all, is it? Actually, it’s quite rural. And, almost a little bit gimmicky.

But let us not shoot it down before the lids even been popped off of the bottle…

Smelling like elderflower cordial is good, if you’re looking for an elderflower cordial. I’m not sure it works so well on a beer, particularly one called Urban. Not quite getting the vibe of this yet.

Look, when you drink Urban, it’s not terrible. But it’s not good. It’s quite watery and not really beer like. I’d say it’s more like a shandy with elderflower laced through it. And that folks, ain’t how I like to drink my beer.

Would I drink it again? Hmmm, possibly yes, as a replacement for a thirst quenching shandy. However, the thing is, I’d rather have a thirst quenching beer. Like a proper beer. After all, that’s what this whole blog is about. Urban is like, well, it’s like a cordial. It’s gone in seconds but I’m not left feeling satisfied after the whole experience.

Urban is not very urban. And it’s most definitely not for this cat.

It don’t look like beer. It don’t smell like beer. It don’t taste like beer. So I’m declaring that it ain’t a beer.

Sammy’s Rating: 40%

 

JYMI SAY’S…

I like beer me.

One does also like the delicate and quaint taste of the elderflower. Wonderful.

But do I like BEER CUT WITH ELDERFLOWER as Jubel so obviously tell us? No, not really.

I have to say as soon as I knew this was coming up to test my head thought that Elderflower beer could defiantly NOT work unless it was a super light ale or a lager. Thankfully when I read the slightly off the wall writings (I know, I can’t talk) on the back of the bottle I was told that Urban was a lager. So it had a chance of at least working. But it didn’t.

The taste, well, is one of elderflower at the start and then cuts to lager. Though not disgusting it really isn’t what you want from your brew. The only positive that can be drawn is that in a super hot setting like a beach chill or over at a pals for a BBQ, as long as super cold it would go down well, almost like a soft drink. However it would actually become very sickly very quickly.

This is just a confused beer really, if you can even call it a beer. I admire the bravery and innovation here but sorry Jubel, I’m just not a fan.

Jymi’s Rating: 47%

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 43.5%

 

MOB review next weekend: CH’TI by CASTELAIN

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NEWCASTLE BROWN ALE

THE MOB SQUAD ARE ON TO THEIR THIRD BEER. READ WHAT THEY THOUGHT OF NEWKIE BROWN BY CLICKING HERE.

 

BREWER: Heineken, North Yorkshire

STYLE: Brown Ale 

ABV: 4.7%

VESSEL: 550ml bottle 

TWITTER: @Newcastle

INSTAGRAM: #NewcastleBrownAle

 

JYMI SAY’S…

I‘m fairly sure it was a Friday during the early Spring of 1996. My Mum announced that she and my younger sister were heading to Cornwall for the weekend. I looked at my Dad and my Dad looked at his 15 year old son… FREE HOUSE!!! (we both said in our heads). So I went about calling my chums Sammy and Oli to hatch a plan. My Dad went about calling his pal Malc to see if he maybe fancied a pint later. He did.

Fast forward a few hours and somehow a plan was set for the five of us to go and watch a band in the pub down the road. Solid. Fast forward a few more hours and it was time to depart for the White Horse in Winkfield Row near Ascot (it’s now an Argentine Restaurant in case you lot thinking about flocking).

Now, as the cab rolled up another glance was exchanged between my Pop and I. This time it was him saying to me in his head, ‘Don’t f*”k this up’‘Cool ya jets old man, I got this’ I said back, again with no words actually spoken.

We arrived. The other three were already there at the bar with three lagers in front of them. My Dad ordered up a pint of Best and then attention switched to me. Now the expectation was that I would simply slip into a lager too but no, I thought that I would mix it up a bit. I had seen some pretty slick cats kicking around drinking Newkie B from the bottle and seeing that I was wearing a fake fur coat I thought it was time to join this crew.

I flippin’ loved this ale and it flew down!! Like really FLEW DOWN!! The night pumped along nicely I seem to remember and everyone was on top form. And I was holding it together too which was pretty surprising seeing as I had necked about 200 bottles of Dog in 3 hours. We said our goodbyes and all headed back home. Now, this is where things suddenly took a turn. Once in bed with my eyes shut the room suddenly went into what can only be described as a South Shields spin. I was in trouble, big trouble. After the flying down there was now a large concern that things were going to fly up. Let’s just say that I didn’t quite make it to the toilet in time shall we…

Until now I had not touched NBA since. Not necessarily because of my experience with the Broon that night but more circumstance. I went back to lager for a bit and once the ale stage came along in my life there were about a million to choose from and Newkie just didn’t come into my thinking.

So, how is it then?

GOOOOOD!!!

We have one of the most iconic beers ever here and she is a winner! There is a fair amount of carbonation but that does not stop this brew being very smooth in the sip. The texture is really thin too which again helps it slip down well. I can now see how I ended up in trouble with this ale all those years ago. It really does FLY DOWN!! Once into the taste a lovely soft caramel develops slowly to accompany the slightly bittersweet and nutty flavour.

Classic and class.

Jymi’s Rating: 77%

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

In days gone by, it used to be that Newcastle Brown Ale was a staple of a night. And for many I bet it still is. But, sadly, for me, I left it as a regular in my menagerie of tipples when I waved goodbye to those heady university days.

The thing is, now that I’m reacquainted with it, I find myself wondering why I left it behind. With it’s aroma sending me straight back to the student union, I feel young again. But this is not just a young person’s drink. Oh no, it’s so much more than that. This is a big hitter. As in, think of a drive from a young Tiger Woods kind of big hitter.

I like NBA’s mild flavours. It sits well in the range of beers available. And considering that range has increased since I was a uni student, that’s impressive.

Truth be told, I really enjoyed having a trip down memory lane drinking this. And yes, an old flame has been rekindled. It’s back on the (ever growing) list of beers for a night out!

Sammy’s Rating: 83%

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 80%

 

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MOB SQUAD: NEWCASTLE BROWN ALE

The MOB SQUAD say…

 

Tom Norton: TASTY, SIMPLE, MOREISH, SWEET, DECENT – 88%

Lava: CLASSIC, LEGEND, SESSION, TASTY, LIGHT – 70%

Steve C: MOREISH, ICONIC, SILKY, THIN, CARAMEL – 78%

Capone: SIXTIES, ANCIENT, MEMORIES, LUSCIOUS, EVERLASTING – 95%

cWobble: AVERAGE, MOREISH, NUTTY, SMOOTH, DISTINCTIVE – 61%

Cornish Drinkers: DARK, BITTER, NUTTY, STRONG, HISTORY – 70%

VK: SWEET, NUTTY, SMOOTH, FLYER, CLASSIC – 70%

Tulane: THIN, SESSION, TRADITIONAL, ICONIC, TASTY – 74%

B.I.T.G. – GOOD, LIGHT, SESSION, BROON, TOON – 79%

JLarc: TOASTY, SWEET MALTS, CARAMELLY, RUBY BROWN, CLASSIC – 74%

Skeletor: TOFFEE, SWEET, RUBY, CREAMY, LIGHT – 72%

Rush: LUSH, THIN, TOFFEE, ALL NIGHTER, DOG – 77%

PanthBrew: CLASSIC, METAL HEADS, MOTORBIKES, NOSTALGIC, NE DOG – 84%

OJ: SMOOTH, COFFEE, TOFFEE, SURPRISING, ESPRESSO – 66%

LeeDub: GOLDEN, EASY, SMOOTH, OLD SCHOOL, WORKING CLASS – 90%

 

MOB SQUAD RATING: 76.54%

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DUCHESSE DE BOURGOGNE

BREWER: Verhaeghe Vichte, West Flanders

STYLE: Red Ale 

ABV: 6.2%

VESSEL: 33cl bottle

TWITTER: #VerhaegheVichte

INSTAGRAM: #VerhaegheVichte

 

JYMI SAY’S…

When people look at me I know what they see…

They see a guy that is clearly an ultra elite beer reviewer.

When people read my words I know what they feel…

They feel the beer soul they never knew they had busting out from inside of them.

So people listen hard and listen now…. the label of this beer scares the s*”t out of me. To the point of I’ve had to leave a light on at night for a whole week. It’s just the face on the bottle, it’s so damn eerie. And the expression on the bird she is holding suggests our avian friend is expecting her to do an Ozzie bat trick at any moment (you may need to zoom in on the picture to fully appreciate this).

ANYWAY, what comes our way with the all important contents of this Flemish vessel is utterly astonishing and had my head shaking and hand scratching the shaking head throughout the 33cl experience.

Let me try and explain…

Ok, for starters the nose of this brew totally caught me off guard. It was like nothing I had ever whiffed from a beer before. And after a lot of deep sniffing and thinking I concluded that I absolutely HATED the smell. So much so I declared to my wife there and then that if this beer tasted like it smelt then I was going to award zero points. She looked up from something way less important than a beer review and said… huh? I moved on.

So I delved in with a certain amount of trepidation not really knowing what to expect.

HOLY F~*KIN S**T!!! I said out loud.

My wife glanced up from the unimportant stuff once more wondering what was going on and why I was talking to myself. I moved on.

The beer DID taste like it smelt but I absolutely LOVED IT!!. The dark look of the brew takes you down a path where one would expect certain flavours. But oh no no no, Duchesse De Bourgogne brings you a sour, acidic, fruity, cherry but sweet master class. It is absolutely stunning.

This Belgian Red is so individual, so brain scrambling, but oh so good.

Jymi’s Rating: 85%

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

Well-known for their brewing, the Belgians create a wide-range of beers. Some good, some bad. But, hey, that’s always a matter of taste. We all know that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Now, Duchesse De Bourgogne is an interesting beer. It’s packed full of acidic notes.
And the thing is, this is an absolute belter of a beer. It’s outstanding. Mesmeric.

DDB has the power to turn a non-beer drinker into a beer lover. It’s different. It’s honey meets lemon texture is smashing. I love its point of difference: it looks dark and you expect a dark beer. You just don’t get one. You get something crisp, light, with different points of interest.

Belgians most certainly can brew beers. And if you ever needed proof, then here it is. DDB takes the rule book, rips it up, then stamps all over it’s ashes. And the beer world is all the better for it.

Sammy’s Rating: 91%

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 88%

 

MOB review next weekend: NEWCASTLE BROWN ALE by HEINEKEN

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HYDE & WILDE AMERICAN STYLE IPA

BREWER: Marstons, Staffordshire (for Sainsburys) 

STYLE: AIPA 

ABV: 5.6%

VESSEL: 330ml tin

TWITTER: @MarstonsBrewery @sainsburys

INSTAGRAM: marstonssnaps sainsburys 

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

American Pale Ales are a friend of mine. I tend to like them. That’s not a surprise, seeing as I like a citrusy hoppy beer.

And therein lies the problem for me. Hyde and Wilde lacks being able to pack punch. It’s like a fighter with a glass jaw, a shark with no teeth. It’s not terrible, it’s just not good. Which, I guess, makes it terrible.

The promised land of citrus hoppiness never comes to fruition with H&W. To be more accurate, it’s like venturing to the world of wateriness. And it’s not a flavoursome one. It’s brewed badly. Imagine a used teabag being run through a mug of luke warm water in an attempt to make a smashing cup of tea. H & W is the equivalent in the beer world.

Really, there’s not much else to say about it. Except, perhaps, skip over it whenever you see it on the shelf.

Sammy’s Rating: 48%

 

JYMI SAY’S…

So some bright spark at Sainsburys plc thought, hmmm, why don’t we brew our own craft beer range as folk nowadays seem to be liking this stuff.

Then an even brighter spark came along and brought to the table that Sainburys were not brewers and they should probably just get an actual brewer to do it. Clever.

Then the brightest of all the sparks conjured up the idea of creating the illusion of a craft brewery called Hyde & Wilde that was exclusive to SainSburys.

QUICK DISCLAIMER AS I DON’T WANT TO TAKE ON THE MIGHT OF SAINSBURYS PLC – I DON’T KNOW IF THE EVENTS THAT I HAVE JUST DEPICTED ARE ACTUALLY TRUE. IN FACT THEY ARE PROBABLY NOT BUT THOSE THOUGHT PROCESSES MUST HAVE HAPPENED AT SOME POINT I’M SURE.

So what we have ended with is a beer brewed by Marstons exclusively for Sainsburys. Pretty good idea if you ask me and business wise it must make sense as this range has been perching on those shelves for a while now.

Even though the tin is a bit of a mess I’m enjoying the colour concept and that bear… is awesome!!

Unfortunately taste wise, I was thoroughly underwhelmed by this American style IPA (is this the same as an American Pale Ale?? Blimey, all these styles, honestly).

The texture is thin and the flavour is basic. I can’t say I was particularly surprised but if you’re parading as an AIPA then I’m sorry the beer has to smack you round the chops with a big hoppy, dry citrus fist… and this beer does not.

It’s not horrible. It’s not good. It’s average. It’s the lower end of average. And that is that.

Jymi’s Rating: 51%

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 49.5%

 

MOB review next weekend: DUCHESSE DE BOURGOGNE by VERHAEGHE VICHTE

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FALSE COLOURED EYES

BREWER: Garage Beer Co. (collaboration with Deya), Catalonia

STYLE: IPA

ABV: 6%

VESSEL: 440ml tin 

TWITTER: @GarageBeerCo

INSTAGRAM: garagebeerco

 

JYMI SAY’S…

I normally award a few point here and there based on the name of a beer. To generate whether I think I like it or not I imagine walking in to a local, semi rural pub where I’m met by our old pal, Ralph the landlord. I then imagine how the name of the beer would roll off the tongue…

Pint of Pride please Ralph.. tick

Glass of Leveller please Ralph.. tick

Pint of False Coloured Eyes please Ralph… hmmm

To be fair, if it’s more of a crafty beer that I’m testing, I won’t judge the name quite as much this way, but it still crosses my mind. If I’m dealing with a craft name I try and think of what the name means and if it bears any relevance to the beer itself. There are some mighty odd (yet amazing) names out there but if it has absolutely nothing to do with the beer then what’s the point really?

False Coloured Eyes is a pretty cool name but it literally ends there. It has absolutely nothing to do with the beer OR beer at all really and you would sound like a bit of an ass when answering a question like… ‘What you drinking there pal’?

Anyway, to the look of the tin…

Blimey, I must be grumpy today. As a piece of art I really like it. As a beer can design however I’m not too sure. It’s pretty flippin sinister! Let’s just leave it there.

Ok, now beer wise we have a major issue (even the taste buds are grumpy it would seem)!!

This IPA is all over the shop. After the tangerine nose which gave FCE some promise, the initial taste kept spirits high. But it collapsed from there on in. There is a huge orange/tangerine hit after the swallow. Now, if you’re into that kind of thing then we don’t have a problem here. However, when those flavours portray themselves as dank then Barcelona we do have a problem. I spent every single sip trying to talk myself into thinking this beer was ok but just not for me but nope, sorry, the dank super citrus angle is simply not a good one full stop.

Adiós.

Jymi’s Rating: 54%

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

False Coloured Eyes is scary. Only a little bit. I mean, I’m not really really scared of it. Not enough to give me nightmares or anything. But, still, it is just a little bit scary. On the outside that it.

Luckily, the inside is an altogether different story. You see, once you strip back False Coloured Eyes you’re left with a very decent beer. It smell very pleasant and drinks really well.

What False Coloured Eyes really does prove, is that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. We’ve all known that for a long time. But what we have here is proof that the old cliche works for beers too.

So not only do we have a good beers on our hands, we have proof, actual real life proof, that you can’t judge a beer by its can!

If you get the chance, try one.

Sammy’s Rating: 80%

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 67%

 

MOB review next weekend: HYDE & WILDE AMERICAN STYLE IPA by MARSTONS for SAINSBURYS

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